Things that Piss Me Off

Quote of the Day:    “Be not disturbed at trifles, or accidents common or unavoidable.”   — Benjamin Franklin

It’s Friday afternoon, and I feel great.  But this was a week in which I found myself disproportionately angry about several things.  In the spirit of fellowship, to cleanse my own spirit prior to the weekend, and because I’ll not be on the spirits to expound on these things tonight, I share these gripes with the world.

  1. 9/10’s of a penny tacked on to every freakin gallon of gas.  Is this really necessary?  How much of Exxon’s profit is the result of that fraction, hidden right there in plain sight, and subconsciously accepted by humankind as normal.
  2. Dollar coins.  I think they are kind of cool.  I’ve never seen one in circulation.  Is the idea to really use them or is it a cheap government trick trotted out every few years to ensnare me the random idiot collector.  If we are going to have a dollar coin, let’s at least curtail the production of paper bills, enough so that people will have no choice but to use the coin once in a while. Then at least my a collector’s shiny coin will have some aesthetic advantage over some dollar coins.  Where have you gone Sacagewa and Susan B. Anthony?
  3. Insurance companies.  And their agents.  And their lawyers.  And secretaries. And stockholders.  Screw you all.
  4. Anti-global warming fanatics.  I really don’t think a reasonable person can lay high gas prices, casualties in Iran, steroids in baseball and the Lakers’ collapse all at Al Gore’s feet.  But I’ll be damned if I don’t get at least one email a week blaming almost anything you can think of on Al Gore and his cause.  We all know that global warming IS the cause of all these things, right?  That’s the irony.  It is delicious.
  5. Aging.  Sometimes its hard for me to remember it beats the heck out of the alternative.  But it still sucks.
  6. My dead grass and bloomless crepe myrtles.  Especially bad considering the neighbors yard–dq’d from being yard of the month for winning too many times.
  7. Choosing poorly which lane is going fastest.  
  8. LSU fans.  Not because they are supposed to be obnoxious.  Because they have good teams.  What stroke of luck allowed them to be born in a state that decided only one college needed to play good football back in 1897.  Sorry Tulane.  Same goes for Tennessee, and Arkansas.  And Nebraska.  And Ohio State for Pete’s sake.  Ya’ll all piss me off.
  9. Runners.  Admit it….what really turns you on is showing up the rest of us.  Come on Adam, admit it.
  10. Bad attitudes.  Piss.  Me.  Off.

About travellinbaen

I'm a 40 year old lawyer living in Ridgeland, Mississippi. I'm several years and a couple hundred miles removed from most of my old running buddies so I started the blog to provide an outlet for many of the observations and ideas that used to be the subjects of our late night/happy hour/halftime conversations and arguments.
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5 Responses to Things that Piss Me Off

  1. clary says:

    Very funny, I wish I had the guts to put up a list myself. A lot of the things you share are sooooo true.

  2. Thanks for the kind comment. I think the thoughts you put in to words on your own blog take a lot more guts than what I do here. There is a fine, but impenetrable line I will not cross when it comes to writing for public consumption.

    And I hope you don’t mind me returning to take advantage of some interesting looking links you’ve provided.

  3. supercynic says:

    I think that blatant self-promotion should be added to the list. For example purposes only, like when a fellow blogger uses your comments section to hype one of his own entries by saying, “Go to http://supercynic/ to read a hilarious post about Congress wasting taxpayer money to investigate steroid use in baseball.”

    Man, it pisses me off when people do that. Self-promote, that is. Like go to the above link. Now.

    In reality, I just want your whole Recent Comments section to have nothing but pictures of Bigfoot in it.

    Your post is funny, too, by the way.

  4. So true s.c. For instance, if you had linked a funny post thusly…

    it would’ve been really obnoxious self promotion.

  5. astone71 says:

    I live to make you feel bad about yourself.


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